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Six-time bull riding world champ Kimzey reflects on stellar decade

Sage Kimzey NFR
Posted at 2:49 PM, Jan 07, 2020

(Editor's note: PRCA media release)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bull rider Sage Kimzey keeps setting goals and accomplishing them.

The Strong City, Okla., cowboy is fresh off winning his sixth consecutive world championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Dec. 14.

And Kimzey loves the fact that he remains on his PRCA bull riding throne.

“It’s pretty great,” Kimzey said. “There’s no other word I can put to it. It’s just special.”

Kimzey finished the season with a PRCA bull riding record $480,797, breaking his record of $436,479 in 2017. Kimzey also won the average with 709 points on eight head.

“Vegas can be such a blur just because all the stuff that’s going on,” Kimzey said. “There’s definitely been some reminiscing going on, and this year (2019) was nothing short of spectacular for me.”

Kimzey tied Jim Shoulders' PRCA record for consecutive bull riding world championships at six. Shoulders won seven career total bull riding titles and six in a row from 1954-59. Don Gay holds the PRCA bull riding record with eight world championships, won in 1974-77, 1979-81 and 1984.

“My goal since I started is to win the most PRCA bull riding world championships, and that definitely hasn’t changed,” Kimzey said.

Outside of his world championship and average gold buckles, Kimzey said he will remember his 2019 Wrangler NFR because of his Round 8 performance. Kimzey wowed the sellout crown by winning the round with a 94-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s SweetPro’s Bruiser.

SweetPro’s Bruiser was voted bull of the night for Round 8. Bruiser was also the 2017 PRCA Bull of the Year and was second in 2018. Bruiser also was top bull of the NFR in 2015 and 2017, and again voted top bull of the 2019 Wrangler NFR.

“The Bruiser ride is definitely one I will never forget,” Kimzey said. “That ride is No. 1 for me in my career. That was my highest score ever, and I think Bruiser is one of the greatest bulls of all time. To have that happen at the NFR is No. 1 on my list for sure in all categories.”

Despite Kimzey’s amazing success in 2019, he’s already ready to turn the page for the 2020 season. The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo begins in Denver on Jan. 16 to kick off the winter run.

“I’m definitely going to be entered in all of them (the big winter rodeos),” Kimzey said. “We will just play it by ear, and it is going to be a little different this year with all of them going to progressive formats. We are going to have to be getting on a lot more bulls than we usually do for the winter, but it will be good.”